As the federal government’s Friday deadline for declaring whether states want a partnership healthcare exchange nears, Indiana leaders have indicated they will bypass that deadline and allow the federal government to head the exchange. But legislators in both the Indiana House and the Senate have also been debating whether Medicaid should be expanded in the state.
The Indiana Hospital Association, as well as some Democratic lawmakers, are lobbying to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But Governor Pence and other legislators say that’s unlikely, and if the state decides to cover more Hoosiers, it should happen under the existing Healthy Indiana Plan.
This week on Noon Edition, we’ll sit down with some of the key players in the Medicaid debate to talk about the future of medical coverage in Indiana.
Join us Friday at 12 p.m. for our conversation, and send us your questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit this site to be part of our live chat, follow us on Twitter @NoonEdition, or join us on the air by calling in at 812-855-0811 or 1-877-285-WFIU.
Beth Cate- Associate Professor of Law and Public Affairs, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Doug Leonard- President, Indiana Hospital Association
Representative Tim Brown- Chairman, Indiana House Ways and Means Committee